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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

In purely psychological terms, all the behaviours that keep us alive are controlled or driven by the unconscious brain. That is, most of the time, we don't need to reflect on the course of actions ...
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

However, it takes nothing of these moments after death, so it would be the same if they had never existed. Suffering, on the other hand, inflicts pain on it, which it has to endure during its lifetime....
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Isn't Camus' philosophy just a violation of Occam's Razor?

No. Your logic seems to be suggesting that to present an argument from a starting position, via intermediate steps, to a conclusion is a violation of Occam's razor because it would be simpler to drop ...
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How much suffering is needed for an overall happy life?

I recommend this Alan Watts talk, 'Happiness Is Not The Meaning Of Life'. I suggest what you are asking is, exactly how much food should I eat to be happy? Starving will make you unhappy, eating only ...
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

OP's question sounds similar to the argument for nihilism. If we don't take anything with us, what's the point of living at all? Let me offer the following observation. I propose that Nihilism has it ...
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Is Sisyphus actually happy or is he content?

There is not room to quote the whole essay here, or even the whole last paragraph. They explain Camus' point pretty well. The last two sentences are: The struggle itself toward the heights is ...
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How much suffering is needed for an overall happy life?

This chat on virtue ethics may be of interest to you: https://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/144709/virtue-ethics The "unhappiness needed" is which we need in order to develop virtues. It ...
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Is there a difference between the purpose of life and the meaning of life?

One of the long-standing answers from European philosophy is due to Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle speaks about the highest good at which humans should aim as the purpose of their life....
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What is most important in life?

To crush your enemies. To see them driven before you. To hear the lamentation of the women.
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

First, you are treating Joy and Suffering asymmetrically. You don't take anything with you. Your Suffering and your Joy are gone. Using Joy as a proxy term for "anything good" and Suffering ...
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Can a life have a trivial meaning if it's all there is?

The whole discussion whether life is trivial or meaningful seems to me to be based on the wrong assumption that significance or insignificance is a property inherent to life, that life qua life is ...
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What do atheists believe in? (in layman terms)

The conversation you refer to is not an easy one. What is difficult about it is that you have an individual who clearly believes in something (a religious belief), and they're going on the attack. ...
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If all of us are going to die one day why should we care about the feelings and emotions of others?

Even animals care for their young ones (their feelings and emotions also). This is an already-installed quality in most living things. Haven't you seen mother birds hatching their eggs? Will they ...
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Do humans need some agency over the world around them for their lives to have some sense or purpose?

Your question is philosophical in the broader sense of the pursuit of eudaimonia. I think a number of philosophical traditions, such as Taoism or Confucianism, have means of dealing with this. I'll ...
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I am struggling to believe there is anything good in humanity: can you help?

It doesn’t take much to see that humans are pretty cool members of the earth’s animal kingdom. We have complex speech, we can use tools, we can grow and dye our hair and clothing fabulous colours, and ...
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When someone profits from injustice, is life less meaningful?

This is the central topic of Plato's Republic, the frame story of which is when Socrates is challenged to explain why it is better to be an unfortunate good person than a lucky, successful and ...
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Is there a difference between the purpose of life and the meaning of life?

The purpose of life is to find the meaning of it. (personal opinion). But, The moment a man questions the meaning and value of life, he is sick. Sigmund Freud.
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Is good the absence of evil or is it the other way round?

In the neo-Platonic tradition, from Plato, through Plotinus, and from there integrated into mainstream Christian and Islamic theology, good is the only true reality, and evil is just the absence of ...
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Source of a Russell quote about purpose and meaninglessness

With further searching I found the answer in Hugh S. Moorhead's The Meaning of Life, page 164-165. The quote comes from a letter to Hugh Moorhead from Bertrand Russell on January 10, 1952. Moorhead ...
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

The instinct to live is primal in every lifeform, expressing as mastery of environment and basically power. Mastery of environment is the base drive. Once it is operational, survival follows without ...
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What is the motivation of all individuals to stay alive?

An important point that contributors so far have not raised is that we survive because of an inbuilt (i.e. subconscious) mechanism to survive. Any species that lacks this property can expect ...
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Do humans need some agency over the world around them for their lives to have some sense or purpose?

You're making a whole lot of (in some cases rather offensive and harmful) unsupported assertions about what can and can not give other people purpose and fulfillment, and very questionable claims ...
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How much suffering is needed for an overall happy life?

There seems to be no true happiness without some sort of suffering Suffering is patently a part of life, from the discomfort of being born into the world to the that of succumbing to death and ...
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What does it mean to truly fail at life?

I take you to really mean, you have not succeeded, by terms which you have apparently not critically examined. You seemed to have dismissed immorality, or inauthenticity, in your own case while ...
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What is the purpose of living?

Why do you assume that life has the kind of purpose you hope to be able to assign to it? Life seems to have happened by chance. Fundamental particles obey a relatively small number of physical laws. ...
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Can I fail to achieve my goals, and make the wrong moral decisions, but still live a meaningful and worthwhile life?

It says you are a human being. Welcome to the sinners club!
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Why we haven’t observed any galactic civilization of III or IV type?

Perhaps for one or more of the following reasons: There are no such civilisations. They exist but are too far away. They deliberately cloak their presence to escape our notice. They only consume ...
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Why human die, what is the meaning of life?

Not only humans die. Other animals die too. From the perspective of evolution dying of old animals gives way to a new generation, better adapted to a changing environment. I do not recognize a ...
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What do atheists believe in? (in layman terms)

I don't usually use the word believe. Some things I know, others I don't. Some things I have a small confidence, others I have much confidence. What do you call believe? Be 100% ...
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